is this bad for kookaburra cricket or good for SG cricket??

So just got the 2012 Kookaburra biggest kahuna in my hands and was horribly disappointed. theyve gone and taken the previously great design and absolutely raped it, giving it a completely flat face ( E41, SG, laver ultra etc ). i hate the look of it, and those other bats.

Now granted thats a personal opinion and has no effect on bat performance, but that brings me to my topic headline.

as i was looking at the new 2012 biggest kahuna ( stopping myself from throwing up on my computer ) something struck me. its looks like a bat ive just recently reviewed. so went through my bats and found it.

the SG VS 319 ultimate.

then remembered just the other day i did the review on the new Kahuna T20 and that as well is an exact replica of the SG stud T11i cricket bat.

now we all know SG makes Kookaburra’s bats for them but, previously i would of held kookaburra to a higher standard than SG, whereas in actual fact all they are doing is taking SG bats and putting kookaburra stickers on them, or vica versa.

so is kookaburra going down the same path as slazenger where their products will as well be only classified as a average indian brand or is SG going to be the big winner in this as people will start seeing them as a more reputable brand.

please remember these are all just my opinions…

thx.

p.s. guess i should grab my kahuna 1000’s and see which SG bat they are now as well right?

 

SG king Cobra cricket bat reviewed by cricket store online

SG king Cobra cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: According to SG its Made from top-of-the-line English Willow
Sizes Available: SH and Long blade
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10 oz
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 34mm
Finish: Poly coat
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

Im rather disappointed with this bat. as im now going through the range of bats things that made the bats new and fresh in the beginning are now becoming boring and dull. my point is yeah SG cricket have come out with new and fresh designs for their bats but like SS cricket its all very similar throughout the range with only a few small alterations to make bats different. things that every new SG bat has are, concaved spine, exaggerated edges. when will we see the sub continent brands have some variation in their bats like GM or GN? and coming in at $389 thats a lot of money for a bat you dont even know what grade of willow it is.

We Like

– the willow quality

We Dislike

– the fact it looks like many other SG bats, this king cobra certainly wont be a spitting cobra in my opinion. the round handle, the ping or lack there of.

Star Rating

Price: 5/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 8/10
Performance: 6/10
Wow: 2/5

total score : 29/45

SG RSD ELITE cricket bat

SG RSD ELITE cricket bat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: According to SG its Made from top-of-the-line English Willow
Sizes Available: SH and Long blade
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 9 oz
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Poly coat
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

A fantastic bat for the price. The quality of the willow is the same quality as is being used on some GM original cricket bats which are more than double the price. Its over all a very good bat. Good quality willow, good finish, good balance ( 1 or 2 ), pretty good ping and nice willow. Oh and best of all is the price at only $179

We Like

– The finish
– The quality of the willow and the price

We Dislike

– Not much for $179. you cant go wrong, maybe predictable shape.

Star Rating

Price: 10/10                              weight : 2.9
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 8/10
Performance: 7/10
Wow: 2/5

total score : 35/45

 

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SG Cobra Select cricket bat review by cricket store online

SG Cobra Select cricket bat review 

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: According to SG its Made from top-of-the-line English Willow
Sizes Available: SH and Long blade
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10 oz
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 37mm
Finish: Poly coat
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

A very nice cricket bat. Might in fact be a misgrade. Very good willow ( not the best ) for the price. That makes the price and quality exceptional. Nothing special on the profile and design of this cricket bat as its a pretty standard design but overall a very good allround cricket bat good for both 50 over and 20/20 cricket.

We Like

– The finish
– The quality of the willow.

We Dislike

– Not much for $169. its a great little bat.

Star Rating

Price: 9/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 37mm
Finish: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Wow: 3/5

total score : 37/45

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Sg cricket batting pads 2012 cricket gear review

Sg cricket batting pads 2012 cricket gear review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SG MAXILITE XL cricket batting pads Ambi

Im not going to be going into to much depth in this review, if you want to know materials used etc then click on one of the links and look at the image description on my website. just a few personal opinions etc is what i want to share here and comparisons between these SG cricket batting pads.

These SG maxilite pads are the new pads in my kit bag. I really like them. The quality is top notch. They are super light with each pad only weighing 1lbs 6oz. Ive found these very very comfortable and great to run in. they never got in the way on any of my shots and felt very confident in them when playing shots. The padding is superb and when getting hit by the ball on the pads i never had any issues. One negative about these pads is they are Ambi pads so you dont get the wrap around affect of the wings on other RH or LF pads. My rule of thumb is use your bat so that not an issue for me.

These pads sell for about $75

 

SG RSD PROLITE cricket batting pads

SG RSD PROLITE cricket batting pads

These SG pads look better in the pics than they actually are in real life. They have a very low level of padding and are probably only ok for school cricket. They weigh in at 1lbs 9oz each which is on the lighter side, but unlike the maxilite s, these are light because they have insufficient padding. So if you are not to serious about your cricket and play at a lower level then these pads at $45 will be great for you.

 

SG VS 319 ULTIMATE cricket batting pads

SG VS 319 ULTIMATE cricket batting pads

Now we are starting to get back on the right track with regards batting pads. The quality on these SG VS 319 Ultimate pads are very good and for only $65 its a good buy. The padding is good and these pads can easily be used in any club or regional level of cricket. They are less light than some other pads but not heavy by any means. weighing it at 1lbs 12oz each they are certainly manageable but not anywhere as light as the maxilite XL. i would spend the extra $10 and get the maxilites. oh wait a minute, i did.

 

SG TEST cricket batting pads

SG TEST cricket batting pads

And last but not least we have the much awaited for review of the SG test batting pads. Great quality international level batting pads. Costing you just $65 these are very good pads and an even better buy. Padding and comfort is superb. I also found these pads didn’t move around on my leg. Running down the pitch they stayed where i put them. Not like my old $160 puma pads that needed to be adjusted after ever run as they ended up on the side of my leg. The only negative i could find about these pads is the fact they are quite a bit heavier than the maxilite xl’s. weighing in at 1lbs 14oz, meaning the crappy $45 pads are lighter. im not sure thats a good thing.

 

Moral of the story, spend an extra $10 and get the Maxilites, unless you don’t like light pads or don’t like the moulded look, then the test pads are you best bet.

 

 

SG T20 cricket bats review

SG T20 cricket bats review.

SG T11i 20/20 cricket bat.

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: Highest quality english willow. (SG don’t disclose what grade of willow they use)
Sizes Available: SH and Long handle
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 15 oz
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 41mm
Finish: Poly coat
Toe Protection: Yes ( kookaburra tow guard )

My opinion

Good solid bat, big edges at 41mm but my sample bat used is a heavy 2.15 so you would expect big edges. Willow is good but im not sure if the willow spec is correct as it says highest quality english willow and im pretty sure they haven’t used players grade willow on this bat. probably more like a good looking piece of G3 or G2 english willow. There is nothing to fancy about this bat but will applaud SG for thinking out the box a little on this bat. It has a flat face ( which helps get the edges as big as possible ) and the have also only enlarged the edges new the sweetspot, helping to keep the weight down as much as possible. ( kinda like the Slazenger bats from a few years ago. )

We Like

– The finish and the ping, its a really good bat.
– The fact that they actually took a second and thought about the design of this bat

We Dislike

– The flat face, the round handle and the kookaburra toe guard on an SG bat.

Star Rating

Price: 8/10                              weight : 2.15
Willow: 7/10                          edge size : 41mm
Finish: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Wow: 2/5

total score : 33/45

SG T20i 20/20 cricket bat.

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: Top of the line english willow ( thats different from finest quality available )
Sizes Available: SH and Long blade
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 13 oz
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 40mm
Finish: Natural finish
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

Overall this is a really good quality bat but as far as performance goes it performs the same as the T11i so if you are on a budget then buy the T11 and get a bat which performs the same as this one. problem really, is the price. If SG are going to charge $400+ for a 20/20 bat, they might as well tell you what grade the willow is.

We Like

– The finish
– The quality of the willow.

We Dislike

– The price and the round handle

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.13
Willow: 7/10                          edge size : 40mm
Finish: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Wow: 2/5

total score : 28/45

 

So overall both bats are good. they both play well and each have their own unique profile and design. i would go for the T11i as its performance / balance and pickup is the same as the T20i, but its $200 cheaper.